GAME PREVIEW: BARRACUDA AT WILDFeb 22, 2019
San Jose Barracuda (28-13-2-4 .660) vs. Iowa Wild (28-16-6-4 .611)
FRI, FEB. 22 | 4:00 PM
Wells Fargo Arena | Des Moines, IA
Wild One: On Friday, the Barracuda take on the Iowa Wild for the second consecutive night and the third matchup on the four-game season series. The Barracuda are 0-1-1-0 all-time at Iowa and have lost the first two meetings against the Wild this season.
Centralized: The Barracuda are 5-2-0-1 against the Central Division in 2018-19 with their only regulation losses coming at the hands of the Iowa Wild. All-time, San Jose is 21-12-2-1 against the Central Division and 1-2-1-0 against the Minnesota Wild affiliate.
Road Warriors: Despite falling in their last three road contests, the Barracuda hold the AHL’s sixth-best road winning percentage (.609%) and fifth best goal differential (+10). Meanwhile, the Wild haven’t lost in regulation at home since January 18, 6-5 vs. Ontario, and are 10-1-1-0 at home over their last 12. Iowa ranks second in the AHL in home points (42), first in goals scored (111) and second in goal differential (+37). Iowa also ranks second in the AHL in home power-play percentage (26.1) and fourth in home penalty-killing percentage (85.7). The Wild are the only team in the AHL to boast both a top five power-play unit and top-five penalty kill group.
True That: Alex True netted a pair of goals on Monday and now leads the Barracuda in points (40), goals (17), second in assists (23), game-winning goals (5), T-first in multi-point games (8) and third in plus/minus (+15). True has already surpassed all of his offensive totals from a year ago in 19 fewer games.
Dazzling Dezzy: Sophomore d-man Nick DeSimone ranks T-12th among AHL defensemen in points (31), T-eighth in goals (9), T-14th assists (22), and T-ninth in power-play goals (4). DeSimone has already surpassed all his offensive totals from his freshman season in just 45 games.
Sommer-Time: Barracuda Head Coach and Oakland native Roy Sommer earned his 750th AHL win on February 1 at Stockton. Sommer, who is the only coach in the 83 years of the AHL to reach 750 wins, is currently 753-643-48-78-73 over his 20+ years of coaching in the AHL. The AHL’s all-time leader in victories, games coached, and seasons coached was the third Golden State native to make the NHL during his playing career that spanned three games with the Wayne Gretzky-led Edmonton Oilers and became the second Californian to score in the NHL on January 28, 1981, against the Montreal Canadiens.
Star-Studded: The Barracuda were well represented at the 2019 AHL All-Star Classic at the end of January in Springfield, MA. Assistant captain Jake Middleton, winger Francis Perron, goaltender Josef Korenar and head coach Roy Sommer were all in Springfield as Barracuda representatives. Perron co-won the sharp-shooter contest after hitting all four targets in six attempts and collected two points (one goal, one assist) in the three-on-three tournament. Middleton finished T-second among all skaters with four points (one goal, three assists) during the three-on-three tournament.
Frank the Tank: Acquired from the Ottawa Senators in the Erik Karlsson trade, third-year pro Francis Perron is second on the Barracuda in points (34), second in goals (15), T-fourth in assists (19), first in power-play goals (7), T-second in shooting percentage (18.3%), second in game-winning goals (3), and T-first in multi-point games (8). Perron scored the shootout game-winner on Tuesday, the first shootout goal of his career in six attempts.
Joe the Wall: Barracuda rookie netminder Josef Korenar made 25 saves on 27 shots en-route to his 17th win of the season on Monday. The AHL All-Star ranks second in the AHL in goals-against average (2.32), T-fifth in save percentage (.918), T-ninth in wins and T-third in shootouts (3).